Nashwauk man sentenced to nearly nine years for killing toddler in hit and run

A Nashwauk man was sentenced to almost 9 years in prison for criminal vehicular homicide and operation, in connection with the death of a toddler and the injuries to a teenager.

According to a release from Itasca County Attorney Matti Adam, 40-year-old Jake Place fled the scene of a hit and run crash with two pedestrians, a 2-year-old and the child’s 16-year-old aunt, on August 1, 2019.

Place was handed down the maximum sentence under the law.

Place failed the field sobriety tests during a traffic stop that night, and has a history of controlled substance use.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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